Suddenly Everyone’s Concerned With Her “Likeability”

Posted by:Kate Melville on Sep - 22 - 2017 - Filed under: Snitch Pictures -

I love this profile of Charlize Theron by the brilliant culture analyst Ann Helen Petersen (author of Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud).

I’ve been fascinated by Charlize Theron’s career since her bold performance in Diablo Cody’s under-appreciated YOUNG ADULT. Theron plays a sad, lonely woman who peaked in high school, whose toxic obsession with teen culture and her glory days has warped her sense of reality. Charlize’s performance was pathetic, delusional, mean and so, so funny.

Steve Coogan and Larry David have built careers out of playing misanthropic, self-obsessed comic heroes, but when a woman does the same thing, suddenly everyone’s concerned about her “likeability” – a word I’ve come to loathe.

In YOUNG ADULT, and in this ridiculous Funny or Die series, Charlize Theron’s intensity makes the comedy so much funnier. She clearly doesn’t give two shits about being likeable, and that makes me love her all the more.

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